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    Obama spokesman states Obama is committed to ending the military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy

    WASHINGTON (CNN) -- In an overlooked YouTube video posted on Friday, a spokesman for Barack Obama said the president-elect is committed to ending the policy that bars openly gay men and women from serving in the U.S. armed forces.
    a response to a question on the Web site Change.gov asking whether Obama would get rid of the "don't ask, don't tell" policy, Obama spokesman Robert Gibbs said: "You don't hear politicians give a one-word answer much. But it's 'Yes.'" Gibbs on Wednesday expanded on his answer, saying, "There are many challenges facing our nation now and the president-elect is focused first and foremost on jump-starting this economy.
    "So not everything will get done in the beginning but he's committed to following through" with ending the policy against being openly gay in the military.
    The policy bans military recruiters or authorities from asking someone about his or her sexual preference, but also prohibits a service member from revealing if he or she is gay.
    During the presidential campaign, Obama said he would work to end the policy, but because it is dictated by federal law, he can not ended it unilaterally.
    Congress must pass legislation overturning the policy, which was put into place at the beginning of the Clinton administration. Former President Bill Clinton tried to overturn the "don't ask, don't tell" policy when he took office in 1993, but he was strenuously opposed by the military leadership.
    In the last Congress, a bill was introduced in the House by Rep. Martin Meehan, D-Massachusetts, that would have implemented "a policy of nondiscrimination on the basis of sexual orientation."
    The bill had 149 co-sponsors, but it never came up for a full vote in the House. It has yet to be re-introduced in the new Congress, which began last week.
    "The key here is to get bills that pass the House and the Senate, that we can get to President-elect Obama to sign, and I think that we can do that, certainly, the first year of the administration," one of the co-sponsors, Democratic Rep. Ellen Tauscher of California, told CNN in November.
    Public opinion appears to be shifting on the matter. A CNN/Opinion Research Corp. poll conducted December 19-21 found that 81 percent of respondents believe openly gay people should be allowed to serve in the U.S. military, while 17 percent said they shouldn't. The poll's margin of error was plus-or-minus 3 percentage points.
    The chairman of the joint chiefs of staff at the time, retired Gen. Colin Powell, also believes it is time to reevaluate the policy -- although he has not said he favors its reversal.
    "It's been 15 years and attitudes have changed," Powell told CNN in December. "And, so, I think it is time for the Congress, since it is their law, to have a full review of it. And I'm quite sure that's what President-elect Obama will want to do."

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    Big deal. We've had gay and lesbian cops for years and law enforcement hasn't been destroyed.

    I don't care what anyone's religion or sexual orientation is as long as they don't inflict either on me. I'm fine with my own and don't need to share theirs.
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    Good for him.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Retdetsgt View Post
    Big deal. We've had gay and lesbian cops for years and law enforcement hasn't been destroyed.

    I don't care what anyone's religion or sexual orientation is as long as they don't inflict either on me. I'm fine with my own and don't need to share theirs.
    I have been saying this in real life all along. I don't care what ones religious or sexual preference is as long as they can get the job done and done right. IMHO what ones preferences are is really none of my business. But alas, there always seems to be someone who wants to be an attention whore.


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    Quote Originally Posted by CTR man View Post
    But alas, there always seems to be someone who wants to be an attention whore.
    Yeah, we have them too. And not all are gay.....

    But the military has lost some good people. I recall a lesbian army Lt Col who was a nurse and had served very honorably for a couple of decades. There was nothing but good in her record, but she apparently let it out that she was a lesbian. She was gone, no ifs, buts or ands.... That was too bad to say the least. She lost a career and the army lost a hell of a nurse and commanding officer from what I read.
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    I think I remember reading something about that particular LTC. I'll be damned if I can remember her name. What a shame, it's not right.


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